News Briefs: July 9, 2020

Floodplain public meetings this month

RBC | Rio Blanco County, the Town of Meeker and the Town of Rangely are hosting public meetings for the State to present updated floodplains as a result of the ongoing restudy over the last few years. These updated floodplains are displayed on preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and open for public comment. If you are in or near a floodplain, please attend a meeting to understand the potential implications of this floodplain update on development and insurance. Representatives from the County, Town, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and mapping contractor (AECOM) will be in attendance to overview the study and answer questions. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 21 in Rangely at 5 p.m. (council chambers) and on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. in Meeker (Fairfield Center). Residents can also attend virtually through a Zoom webinar link. Please contact to RSVP for this meeting and to obtain the Zoom link.

Meeker Library closing for July due to COVID-19

MEEKER | Due to rising concerns of the COVID-19 virus, the Meeker Public Library will be closed July 1-31. Reserve pickup will be Monday through Friday between 5-6 p.m. Instructions for reserve pickup are on our website at, on the front door of the library. Since the library will be closed, we will not be doing the summer reading program this year.

Water with Your Lunch webinar July 14

RBC | Join the Colorado River District’s free “Water with Your Lunch” Zoom webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 to learn more about weather, water and climate. State Climatologist Russ Schumacher will join River District Deputy Engineer Dave Kanzer in a discussion about interrelationships between climate and hydrology–and the cycles of snow, rains and monsoons. Register for the seminar at If you’re busy during the live event, register anyway to receive a recording. Previous webinars can be viewed at

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